Getting Paid

Case Studies

Mechanic’s Lien Against German Design-Builder

We represented a subcontractor seeking payment on a mechanic's lien for improvements on an automobile parts factory. The German design-builder actively opposed the lien through six years of "slash and burn" litigation. When it was over, our subcontractor recovered every penny he was owed and all of his legal fees, which totaled more than $600,000, under the Mechanic's Lien and Frivolous Conduct statutes.

First Prompt Payment Case Tried to Jury Verdict

We used our experience from having drafted Ohio's Prompt Payment Act to try the first prompt pay case to jury verdict. Our client received the full amount owed, together with 18% interest and attorney's fees. This result had a ripple effect across the Ohio construction landscape and immediately caused others similarly situated to settle on favorable terms.

Lead Counsel for Consortium of 30 Subs

We were named by the judge as lead subcontractor counsel for a consortium of thirty unpaid subcontractors in a lien priority battle with mortgage lenders in a case that determined whether contractors/subcontractors or lenders maintain lien priority for a project in which funding is secured after the start of construction.

Scioto Mile Development Project

We represented a public/private partnership on an exciting 145-acre riverfront redevelopment project that serves as the crown jewel in the revitalization of Downtown Columbus.

Columbus Commons Downtown Development

This challenging demolition project in the heart of downtown Columbus yielded a gem of a park in an important urban setting. The high visibility project was concluded timely and on budget, with no legal disputes, and has encouraged further revitalization of the city core.

The Penta Career Center

Taxpayers generously funded a cutting-edge 400,000 square foot joint vocational school (JVS) - larger than any in the state and perhaps even the country. Employing creative contracting techniques, including Quick Pay, allowed the school to open an entire school year early, on budget and with no construction claims or disputes.

Ohio Stadium Renovation

The challenge was to complete a $200 million renovation of this legendary stadium between several football seasons where delay was not an option. Even when faced with a secondary labor boycott, prompt legal action allowed the project to complete on time, so that Buckeye fans could witness a national championship season.

Butler Regional Highway

This was the largest highway contract ever issued in Ohio - to connect I-75 to downtown Hamilton. The project was completed under budget and open to the public 18 months early with no disputes. This highway project was named “federal highway of the year” and yielded a substantial early completion incentive bonus for the contractor.